Kupchick and Devlin host successful diaper drive

With a flurry of donations on Saturday, State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132), Laura Devlin (R-134) in cooperation with Operation Hope and with the help of Al DiGuido, owner of Saugatuck Sweets and his organization, Al’s Angels finished a highly successful ‘Town-Wide Diaper Drive’ at Saugatuck Sweets collecting approximately 5000 diapers.

Both Reps. Kupchick and Devlin worked with Operation Hope on a month-long diaper drive for families after learning that diapers are not covered by Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  

Operation Hope Executive Director, Carla Miklos said, “I really appreciate Brenda and Laura for highlighting this important issue. Diapers are so costly that it difficult for struggling mothers to be able to provide for their babies. It’s not only an issue of poverty,, but also a public health concern. This generous outpouring from the community shows, yet again, that we care about our neighbors in need. And, that we are willing to do something to help. Operation Hope is so grateful to all who donated, collected or got the word out!”

Rep. Kupchick said, “I was moved to action after learning diapers, one of the most basic needs for families with young children aren’t covered under SNAP benefits. I was inspired to help bridge the gap and work toward changing what I believe is bad policy. Every parent should be afforded the ability to keep their babies in clean diapers. Our goal was surpassed with the kind help of Al DiGuido and his amazing network of Angels”

Rep. Devlin said, “I want to thank the Fairfield community for coming together and helping out local families. The cost of diapers is one of the biggest expenses in raising children and this drive was meant to ease that financial burden. The generosity of our community is tremendous.”

According to state statistics, a month’s supply of diapers can cost over $100. Unfortunately, the vast majorities of licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers, and require parents and caregivers to provide a steady supply of disposable diapers.

Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities. Furthermore, most coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons. Additionally, most low income parents can’t afford a membership to a discount club like BJ’s or Costco where diapers are less expensive.   

For anyone who missed the diaper drive but still wishes to donate, contact Operation Hope, at operationhopect.org or call 203-292-5588.

Al DiGuido, Brenda Kupchick, Carla Miklos and Laura Devlin.

Al DiGuido, Brenda Kupchick, Carla Miklos and Laura Devlin.

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